Ko Ngāti Porou te Iwi
Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Ko Tokomaru Bay te Papa whenua.
Ko Mere Knight te Ingoa.
For those who didn’t know Aunty Mere Knight, she was involved in the Health and Community Sectors for over 50years. Her dedication and commitment to developing and supporting community, health and school groups was unsurpassed. She was very well known throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand, as well as being a very dedicated member of the Anglican Church. Evidence of Aunty Mere(s) skills in Raranga (weaving) is demonstrated by her many Tāniko and Tukutuku works which are widely displayed within organisations, marae andcommunity halls. Right up until the time she passed, she gave guidance in Tikanga and Mātauranga Maaori, and worked for Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau.
Tangi tonu, tangi tonu mo koutou; Maringi mai ngā roimata; Tukua ngā hūpē kia heke
Kei te heke tonu; Ngā roimata aroha e maringi mai nei; E tangi hotuhotu ana ahau.
I will miss your lovely smile, your kind words and your love of being Ngāti Porou.
Kōkā Mere, singing Paikea will never be quite the same.